Government Shutdown Date Approaching
The Continuing Resolution (CR) currently keeping the government operating at last year’s (FY2017) levels, is due to expire Wednesday, December 8. Congress needs to lift the Defense spending sequestration caps to allow the pending spending bill (H.R.3219) and recently passed Defense Authorization bill (H.R.2810) to be implemented without automatic across-the-board punitive cuts to Defense programs.
The Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) did not attend a scheduled meeting with President Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (Wis.), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). They were supposed to discuss numerous budget issues, including Defense spending levels. However, in response to a tweet from President Trump that said he didn’t see “a (budget) deal between Democrats and the White House…” Senator Schumer went to the Senate floor and announced that due to President’s tweet he and the House Minority Leader would only work with Republican leaders in Congress on budget issues. Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell declined to meet with Schumer and Pelosi about budget issues and said they already had their budget meeting with the President. Ryan later announced the House will work on passing another short-term CR to keep the government operating until December 22.